n BRUSH strokes Artist Malcolm Beaumont with his work


ARTIST Malcolm Beaumont put down one brush and then picked up another to achieve acclaim in the art world.

For after the former painter and decorator retired after suffering from arthritis, he was able to spend more time on his hobby - painting.

Since 1999 he has concentrated on wildlife paintings - mostly birds.

He has since been voted in the top 10 of the British Watercolour Society and has become one of just 21 Fellows of the International Guild Of Artists.

His most recent success came at the British Society of Painters show, held in Ilkley, where he won the Royal Sovereign Award, awarded to the artist with the most expressive works in the show.

Malcolm, of Upper Denby, a member of Huddersfield Art Society, said: "I love putting detail into my work and things which were familiar during my work as a painter and decorator do crop up - such as peeling woodwork, rusty nails and broken windows. I'm self-taught, but I just love painting."

Malcolm, 58, is married to Ann. The couple have two children, Sharon and Jason, and two grandsons, seven- year-old Charlie and five-year-old Jack.